Galatians 4:21-31 – June 25-26
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Galatians 4:21-31 – Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
Hagar and Sarah
21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:
“Be glad, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband.”
28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
We Were Not Born of the Flesh But of the Promise | Rebecca Hoyt
Galatians 4:23, 31
Paul continues to contrast grace with law and faith with works, using an Old Testament story as an analogy of what he had been teaching. Specifically, he compares the two sons of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac.
God promised Abraham and Sarah a baby, but years went by. So when they decided to not trust God with giving them a baby, they took over and that baby was born in bondage to a servant, but the second son, the one God had promised, was born free. When we try and do things ourself, we are in bondage, but when we listen to God and wait on His timing, we are free. Even when it’s really hard to wait on God’s timing, He will do what He has promised.
Father, thank You for Your love and patience with us. When we lose our way and try and do things ourselves, You wait for us to come back to You. Please help me to wait on Your timing and not do it myself.
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